Three juveniles accused of stealing a car are in the hospital with serious injuries after leading police on a chase through Oakland this
afternoon and crashing into the front of a house, authorities said. At 2:50 p.m., police received a report of a carjacking in the 1600 block of 84th Avenue, according to Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason. Officers were put on alert, and at 3:44 p.m. they spotted the stolen Toyota Corolla at 82nd and Bancroft avenues, Thomason said. When police tried to stop the vehicle, it took off and a pursuit started. The pursuit, which lasted a few minutes and went through multiple streets, ended when the driver crashed into the front of a house in the 3900
block of Burckhalter Avenue, police said. The car went about three quarters of the way into the house, Thomason said, and a neighbor who witnessed the aftermath of the crash said she thought it might have broken through the front window. “It’s kind of sideways or upside-down,” said the woman, who asked not to be named. She said she was in her backyard when she heard sirens and then the crash, and later she saw someone being taken away on a stretcher. Thomason said the driver and two passengers were taken into custody and transported to local hospitals with serious injuries. They are 16 and 17 years old, and are expected to survive. Authorities also recovered a shotgun from the vehicle, which Thomason said was used in the initial carjacking. He said the street was initially closed but has been reopened.
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